Questions Anticipating John 4:19-24
by Pastor Gene
Dear student of God’s Word,
Thank you for joining us in this study of John’s Gospel at Harvest Community Church. Our desire is to provide an opportunity for all believers, regardless of where they may be in their Christian journey, to dive deeper into the waters of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit, our Master Teacher longs to lead us into “all the truth.” Jesus promised as much in John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes,” He said, “He will guide you into all the truth.” I believe that if we’ll take the time to sit before the precious words of the Fourth Gospel, He will do just that!
Arthur Pink put it this way: “It is our earnest desire that many of our readers will make these verses the subject of prayerful study and meditation. The Bible teacher who becomes a substitute for diligent study on the part of those who hear him is a hindrance and not a help. The business of the teacher is to turn people to the searching of the Scriptures for themselves, stimulating their interest in the Sacred Word, and instructing them how to go about it.” To these words I add a hearty, “Amen!”
To that end, each Lord’s Day I’ll be presenting the congregation with a series of questions to consider about the portion of John’s Gospel we’ll be looking at the following Sunday. This will give us the opportunity to ponder them, to wrestle with them, to study them, to meditate upon them, and to let the Holy Spirit speak first, as it were. So, jump in – the water’s fine!
In the Victorious One,
4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Questions to consider about John 4:19-24:
- What do you think worship is? What are some aspects of true worship we can identify directly from Scripture?
- How does Jesus address the “this mountain” vs. “Jerusalem” worship question in verse 20? What can we learn from this?
- Why did Jesus say to the woman, “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know” in verse 22? How does this statement get to the heart of true worship?
- Why Does Jesus say, “the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth” in verse 23? Why the “is coming” and “is now”?
- In verse 23, Jesus speaks of “true worshippers.” What do you think a “true” worshipper is? Are you one? Why or why not? How does Jesus define a true worshipper in this context?
- What does it mean to worship “in Spirit and truth”?
- What can we draw from Jesus’ statement that “the Father is seeking such people to worship Him”?
- How do you think your past worship experiences – charismatic, traditional, contemporary, liturgical – have shaped you as a Christian and have helped to shape your image of God?
- How do you personally worship God outside of Church?
- What about God most moves you to worship?
- At what times or in what settings do you feel most connected to God in worship?
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